My army fast crossed the stream to attack the enemy. With 6.5 points only to loose, I had to act quickly before my guards, which were exposed were destroyed.
Soon my Maison du Roi advanced and Cumberland decided that it would be a fine idea to charge them with his cavalry. The result were astonishing high losses on both sides! I thought that only my units would be repelled. But one of the British dragoon regiments was destroyed and the other had to retreat. Nevertheless the situation on the Allied left wing was completely different to our first game, because now the Allies tried to use all of their heavy forces there.
Well it was nice that for now my 16- and 8 pounders had again nice targets to shot on, although Harcourt and d'Estrées suffered to see most of my right wing retreated and in bad shape after the first minutes of the battle.
To be continued...
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
The Queen's Own dragoons had to retreat and rally. General Hammerstein brought his brigade of Hanoverian horse at the left end of the wing.
My left wing had advanced and there was a heavy firefight on that wing. I could not use Clermont-Tonerre's brigade properly as the swamp at the left hindered an effective deployement. Besides the Hanoverian light artillery shot canister.
In the center one of Grammont's batallions had retreated after advancing in the canister-range of Neipperg's light guns. But to our surprise next during the 2nd turn Neipperg refused to attack and now my guards fired first and Grammont's artillery and infantry destroyed 2 of Neipperg's batallions.
At my left wing the situation changed completely as Wendt ordered his brigade to charge. The idea was maybe to evict the pressure. One of Wendt's regiments crushed into Clermont-Tonerre's leading unit. Both regiments were routed. The two other clashes were different. One of the cavalry unit could disperse a batallion of my infantry and one cavalry was routed. After Neipperg's defeat now general Howard had the honour to fight in the first line. King George had the intention to send Howard at his right wing, where his majesty felt that my infantry could defeat his troops soon.
After turn 2 the situation had changed. I had rallied the Maison du Roi. Which was fine, but it would have been suicide to use them to charge the Allied second line - two large regiments of dragoons. I had lost 3 units and one unit had to rally.
In the center Grammont pulled back his infantry to rally all of his batallions. The brigade Navarre advanced to fill the gap. Bulckley marched as fast as he could with our reinforcements. Would he come too late?
At my left wing the troops blazed each other away. Some Hanoverians were routed but some French too. Could my infantry survive the british volleys?
My heavy artillery on the banks of the river Main had shot effectively but could not break any units. Hammerstein finally commanded his brigade to leave the area. Mortemart's batallions advanced to serve as a shield to protect my crumbled cavalry.
Heavy smoke was over the center were the Austrians and my finest infantry shot at each other. Salm was shot in that hail of bullets, when he saved Neipperg.
It was no surprise that the decision fell on my left wing. Stair's charge routed one of Chartes' batallions and now the moral of the French army colapsed. It did'nt helped that Drutchleben's brigade was nearly broken too.
No, I did not. It was a battle where the French did not achieve anything serious.
One reason maybe that the Allied players played the game somehow un-historicaly .
On their left wing with a double move they passed the Hanoverian infantry through their horse, shifted them to the right and then joined it with Treffen's Austrian grenadiers, facing and overwhelming the Gardes Francaises.
(their was no law to prohibit them of doing this maneuver)
Their superior British Dragoons were facing man-to-man the right wing French Cavalry, prohibiting them to aid the suffering Gardes Francaises.
The rest of their cavalry was brought behind the Hanoverian infantry.
The British Dragoons received cannonade of course, but, being superior and the receiving long range shots, they were falling back and redressing their lines.
At the same time, they moved their left and center to keep the rest of the French occupied.
When the Gardes Francaises were out of the way, they attacked full throttle the right wing French cavalry, many cavalry regiments were lost or crippled from each side.
But having the numerical and qualitative advantage of the British Dragoons, they fell on the flanks of the Brigade Navarre, which was also fighting on its front with the Austrian grenadiers and one Hanoverian infantry left.
As a result, they managed to punch a big hole on the French right-center.
After this, we called it a day
...and we went for some tsipouro at the nearby tavern